New Book Considers Progress, Next Steps In Efforts To Address AMR, Urges More Action

Project Syndicate: Where Are We in the Fight Against AMR?
Jim O’Neill, honorary professor of economics at Manchester University and former chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance

“…To mark the second anniversary of the British government’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), which I had the honor of chairing, two members of the Review team — Anthony McDonnell and Will Hall — and I have published a new book: Superbugs: An Arms Race Against Bacteria. In it, we discuss the Review’s 10 recommended interventions — what I call the Ten Commandments — while considering the progress made so far, and the work that still needs to be done. The first part of the book provides a detailed history of our understanding of bacteria and drug resistance, and points to evidence that drug resistance may now be rising faster than we had assumed. … [T]he second part of the book focuses on solutions, and compiles expert viewpoints from many of those we interviewed for the Review. … Overcoming the AMR threat is entirely feasible. But confronting it will require us to turn words into action. By getting out of our comfort zones now, we can avoid far worse discomfort down the road” (5/9)